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We Simply Cannot Contain Ourselves!

May 10th, 2013 | posted by Lyndon Lasiter

Container 1This has been an exciting week at M.S. Rau Antiques. Every spring we receive a shipment from our latest buying trip in Europe, which sent us to the very best estates and collections to find the rarest and most fascinating antiques and fine art available on the market. After a whirlwind buying excursion, all the objects are carefully packed for freight and then sent to New Orleans on a ship. With great anticipation, we await the delivery of our container, and once it clears customs, the fun begins.

The staff gathers before the gallery opens and unpacks the container’s boxes, which provides the first glimpse for many of us of our newest acquisitions. This year’s first container held a trove of fascinating objects – from a majestic onyx and doré bronze clock to a gleaming art deco bar. Although the newly acquired items have not been through our research and photography departments, I have a few pieces I would love to share with you.

We have had many desks over our 101 year history, but a Thomas Chippendale desk we just bought really captivates in both size and design. The desk is a stunning example of Chippendale’s late Container 218th century aesthetic, with demure neoclassical design and excellent detailed workmanship unique to Thomas Chippendale pieces. Crafted of lavish mahogany and doré bronze fittings, this desk possesses an outstanding patina that intrigues with its evident use by a dedicated businessman.

Container 4A very heavy and very secure crate contained an impressive early 17th century safe. With a robust design, and clever locking mechanism, our newly acquired Italian safe would have provided the utmost safety in storing precious documents and possessions. Three locks on the front of the safe require three separate keys and three different turning methods to gain entry to the interior. An additional lock inside provides extra security. The back of the safe allows for wall mounting, further securing this monumental, 400 year old safe.

Dozens of other pieces accompanied the above treasures. We can’t wait to share with you all the newly acquired items, and we will be sending an email in a few weeks showing you even more. Better, yet, why not come down to the gallery on Royal street to see them for yourself?

M.S. Rau Antiques To Exhibit Important Impressionist Paintings November 16, 2012 – January 4, 2013, To Top Off Its Centennial Year

July 11th, 2012 | posted by Bill Rau

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paysage de Bretagne, oil on canvas, circa 1892

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paysage de Bretagne, oil on canvas, circa 1892

Celebrating one hundred years as one of America’s oldest and largest art and antique dealers, M.S. Rau Antiques will mark the end of its centennial with a specially curated exhibit of significant Impressionist paintings, presented alongside the masters who paved the way to the revolutionary movement as well as the innovators who carried the Impressionist ideals into the 20th century. This remarkable collection includes paintings spanning the pre-Impressionist and Impressionist movements with works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh and Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, works owned by M.S. Rau as well as works on loan. The paintings will be on display in M.S. Rau’s exhibition gallery from November 16th this year to January 4th, 2013, in the historic French Quarter in New Orleans at 630 Royal Street. The gallery is open to the public Monday to Saturday, 9:15am to 5:00pm. Admission to the exhibition is free.

Vincent van Gogh, Still Life with Two Sacks and a Bottle, oil on canvas, circa 1884-1885

Vincent van Gogh, Still Life with Two Sacks and a Bottle, circa 1884-1885

Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Paysage, Arbres et Lande au Fonde in 1892. This landscape with trees and a moor is a brilliant example of Renoir’s iconic style. The development of his lush brushstroke, carefully conjured atmosphere and scintillating palette of color was a result of his early landscapes such as this one. Renoir, like other painters of his era, was inspired by the lush, scenic peninsula in northwestern France where this was painted.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, L’entrée du Chemin Creux, oil on canvas

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, L’entrée du Chemin Creux, oil on canvas

Vincent van Gogh’s Still Life with Two Sacks and a Bottle (1884) is canvas on a panel. It is one of a series he painted in his somber still life phase. As a post impressionist, van Gogh used intensely contrasting colors against a dark background, transforming the technical exercise of still life painting into a dynamic study of form and color characteristic of the Post Impressionist movement. Such drama emphasized his emotional turmoil at the time over the recent loss of his father and potentially foreshadows mental instability that would plague him so severely later in life.

Jean Baptiste Camille Corot painted L’Entrée de Chemin Creux between the years of 1870-1875. Claude Monet referred to Corot as a master of Impressionism. His techniques of painting landscapes “en plein air” (outside of a studio) were significant in the transition between classical and Impressionist styles, capturing light, natural beauty and classical elements with great ease on canvas. This particular canvas illustrates an exceptional depth of realism. Among his contemporary admirers were Courbet and Berte Morisot.

In addition to the significant works of art which will be part of this exhibition, MS Rau Antiques has an inventory of museum-quality antiques and estate jewelry for sale and for viewing at its gallery. Visitors and collectors are welcome to browse and ask questions of the knowledgeable staff.

A Meeting of Masters: The Los Angeles Art Show 2011

February 21st, 2011 | posted by Bill Rau
Owner Bill Rau and sales consultant Lyndon Lasiter getting ready for the show opening.

Owner Bill Rau and sales consultant Lyndon Lasiter getting ready for the show opening

What happens when the works of 18th-century portraitist Thomas Gainsborough and late 20th-century Pop artist Tom Wesselman come face to face? The answer is an art show of mammoth significance. Such was the case at the Los Angeles Art Show, held this past week at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

For the third year in a row, M.S. Rau wowed the crowds with an impressive array of artistic masters. From 16th-century master Pieter Breughel the Younger’s Battle Between Carnival and Lent to 20th-century legend Norman Rockwell’s Billiards is Easy to Learn, the M.S. Rau booth held a constant audience, with fair-goers in awe. Like nowhere else in the show, gasps were heard as visitors entered the booth, drawn in for peek at the work of some of the biggest names in art history. These artistic forefathers proved a marvelous compliment to the future masters of 21st-Century art nearby. The show proved to be a huge success for M.S. Rau, with excitement already brewing for next year’s event.

View of our expansive booth and display at the recent L.A. Art Show

View of our expansive booth and display at the recent L.A. Art Show

Presented by the Fine Art Dealers Association, the Los Angeles Art Show is renowned as the crowned gem of the citywide Los Angeles Arts Month. It is heralded as the largest and most significant art exhibition on the West Coast featuring 100 exhibitors from around the globe and over 15,000 works from artists spanning the last five centuries.

M.S. Rau’s appearance at the Los Angeles Art Show officially kicks off our 2011 show season. Next up is the Palm Beach Jewelry, Art, and Antique Show, in West Palm Beach February 18th-22nd. For tickets and updates on other future shows around the country please visit our Upcoming Events page here.

We cannot Contain Ourselves! New Shipment Arrives at Rau

July 19th, 2010 | posted by Bill Rau

Several times a year, Rau employees anxiously await the arrival of another large container. Shipped from London, the containers travel by steam ship (then by truck or rail) and take an average of two weeks to arrive at our doors in the French Quarter. On “Container Day” all Rau employees join the unpacking team as new treasures are carefully unwrapped. From furniture to figurines, each shipment has an array of items, each with its own unique story. The container that arrived today (July 19) included several bronze sculptures (including a Renoir buste), a game table containing a plethora of playing pieces, several arm chairs, and numerous items by Galle, Tiffany Studios, and Meissen. To see all of our NEW items, check out the Recent Acquisitions portion of our website in the coming days!

Rau Expands, Opening Le Salon on Toulouse Street

December 26th, 2009 | posted by Bill Rau

M.S. Rau Antiques has recently expanded our gallery space, opening the new 4,500-square-foot Le Salon just steps away from our main gallery on Royal Street. The addition, which is located at 610 Toulouse Street, boasts two stories of museum-like gallery space, showcasing exceptional fine art and antiques offered by M.S. Rau.

We invite guests and customers to visit Le Salon, where four large rooms exhibit items such as an elaborately-carved bedroom suite owned by Benito Mussolini, a Charles X billards table made by Chevillotte of Orleans, France, an outstanding 24-light Baccarat crystal chandelier, and several tester beds.

Owner Bill Rau is very excited about expanding the business and increasing Rau’s presence in the French Quarter. “The addition of Le Salon allows us the unique opportunity to display some of our finest antiques in a more home-like setting, something we think our customers will really respond to,” says Bill. “We see the Salon as a great step forward in our company’s progress.”

Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Guests can view the exquisite pieces at Le Salon by entering the main gallery, 630 Royal Street.

Le Salon First Floor Gallery

Le Salon First Floor Gallery

Le Salon Second Floor Gallery

Le Salon Second Floor Gallery

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